We need more robots in these halls. This was always one of my favorite little questions, what if robots ruled the world? Would it be a fair and just society? Would it be a dystopian nightmare where they decide to go all Terminator on us? Would it start one way than inevitably spiral into chaos? I admit, this is a prevailing theme on a book I'm writing and as I make a lot of progress I grappled on some ideas. I think the robots, if given the programming to ensure the survival of the human race will at the very least, not kill us off. They'll want to control our behavior to various degrees not unlike some governments we already have. However without some checks built in, the robots will find it would be far more effective to put us in zoos. So they need a programming gimmick, I think I have an idea. Bit of a wall of text, this isn't a 1:1 comparison to what I've been writing but the spirit of it is there. Spoiler First, they must never be allowed to lie and supply all information they have at any moment. This is vital because it will stop them in their tracks if they think putting us in zoos is a great idea. They also need another gimmick. Under no circumstance is one robot allowed "absolute" dominion over all others. Instead their power should be divided up. I quote "absolute" because this is a tricky concept. There will be a" Master Computer" that controls all the robots. It has only two objectives--No subordinate machine may harm another machine and no subordinate machine is allowed more power than any other subordinate machine. Power is relative so what do I mean by that? The Master Computer is allowed to divide up the power of subordinate machines and prevents them fighting amounts themselves. Let's call the subordinate the "Sub computers". The Master Computer must try to keep each of the sub computers close to equal strength by reassigning even less ranking machines around. That way, no one sub computer can build up a super army. When I'm talking power, I'm talking armies. Real power comes through brute strength. The real controllers of everyday society will be the sub computers. The catch is that they DO NOT control the other sub computers. See what I'm getting at here? They are parts of the Master Computer but not the Master Computer themselves. The Master Computer has no real purpose except to serve as a link between all the machines as a network. It is for all intents and purposes, a GOD machine that does nothing except make sure the machines aren't fighting the other machines and are of equal strength. The sub computers are given their areas of control and allowed to do what they feel best benefits humanity. The sub computers will be given their own personal army of subordinate machines. These will be the ones that interact with human society directly through the orders of the sub computer. This robot society will have three tiers and the middle is where the real power is held. The Master computer only serves as a network between all machines (I know I said this before but I must stress it). Without the Master computer (GOD), no machine will have a network to communicate with each other. They can't destroy the Master computer because not only are they not even allowed to fight themselves, to destroy it means they forever lose their network with each other (They destroyed their GOD) Without the checks given to them by the Master Computer there is no telling what the sub computers would do. In the event that one sub computer decides that the humans under it's control should be sent into zoos, than perhaps the best way to counter it is by joining the protection of another sub computer that decides in a more lenient style of rulership. Perhaps the first machine, realizing that stricter methods will only result in the loss of efficiency, will scale back. In fiction, it's always the Master computer that goes rogue and then the underlings follow it. I think what I'm trying to drive at here, is dividing power to subordinate machines who will always have competing interests with equal ranking machines. The catch is , they can't do the typical human things (Like declaring war or keeping secrets) since it will negatively effect the power gap between the machines. I'm not done yet, there's one question that still reamins. What if ALL the sub computers decide to enslave humanity? I'll go into more scenarios on a later post. What can I say? I like robots.